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Re: [xmca] schools-without-computers-by-choice-and-conviction-that-they-dont-help-kids
On Oct 26, 2011, at 3:42 PM, Huw Lloyd wrote:
> Programming is part of a domain of articulated intentionality, of
> penetrating reality. The issue with simplified environments is the minimal
> penetration. One is limited to a scope that was designed for. The spirit
> of programming goes beyond this to a deeper appreciation of processes.
I was trying to indicate the openness and range of the possible in Minecraft, which doesn't sacrifice the playfulness that I find lacking in straight up programming except for people who enjoy debugging. I do find it hard to grok programming as uniquely "penetrating reality," though. Could you explain that? Perhaps I need "articulated intentionality" unpacked as well since I see most goal driven construction efforts, e.g., to create a machine in Minecraft, as articulated and intentional.
> Embedded systems for kids. :) Lego mindstorms is worth a look too.
Lego Mindstorms is awful, imho, exactly because it's very hemmed in and directive.
OTOH, what about Alice? http://www.alice.org/
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